Drop The Sparkler: Lawmakers Ban Use In Westchester

October 10, 2018 - 9:03 am

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- It’s now illegal to own sparklers in Westchester County.

Lawmakers unanimously voted to approve a new law last week that would ban the use and sale of sparklers in Westchester.

The law is being dubbed “the Pyrotechnic Children’s Safety Act” and aims to prevent children from severe burns.

Many local fire departments spoke in favor of the law as children are often harmed by the sparklers. Public safety officials also said sparklers used together could be used to create explosives.

“I was surprised to find that the temperatures of the sparklers can get up to 2,000 degrees when it's burning and, of course, if that touches human skin, you have a serious issue,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer. "As benign as people think they are they actually could do a lot of damage."

"Clothing can catch on fire. It doesn't take that much, and with all the synthetics that we have in clothing today, it becomes very risky to have any open flame near them," said Tom Block, president of the Westchester County Association of Fire Chiefs.

New York State legalized sparklers outside New York City in 2014. Though, Nassau and Suffolk counties later banned their use.

People found using sparklers in Westchester can face a fine of up to $500 and will have to pay a $1,000 fine if they are found selling them.